South Carolina recruiting: More on 4-star LB Dax Hollifield

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‘My two guys’

South Carolina linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler has one 2018 prospect committed to play his position: 3-star Ernest Jones IV. The Gamecock assistant coach knows exactly who he wants to join Jones, the No. 36 outside linebacker in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports.

And by now most South Carolina recruiting fans know the answer: Dax Hollifield and Channing Tindall.

“Coach Hutzler,” Hollifield said, “When I come down, he says, ‘You and Channing are my two guys.’ ”

Hollifield, a 4-star inside linebacker from Shelby (N.C.) High School, is also considering Florida State, North Carolina, Stanford and Virginia Tech. Tindall, a 4-star outside linebacker from Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.) High School also lists Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia.

The two prospects, both of whom are rated inside the top 70 in the Class of 2018, met earlier this year at a Rivals camp. Hollifield said, on occasion, they exchange direct messages on Twitter.

His buddies

Hollifield has grown to be friends with several of the top prospects from the state of North Carolina’s 2018 class, including 5-star defensive end K.J. Henry and 4-star defensive tackle Rick Sandidge, both of whom are also considering South Carolina.

“I don’t really talk about recruiting with them,” Hollifield said. “Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. We sometimes talk football. It really just depends on the day.”

For Hollifield, it’s important to sign with a class that’s full of highly-regarded recruits. During an interview earlier this year, he was asked about the strength of the Gamecocks 2018 class, which is 20th in the country, according to the 247Sports composite.

Hollifield addressed the line of thinking again on Friday night.

“They asked – I can’t remember how it was, but they were asking about all of the recruiting classes and I was talking about how they’re all pretty good,” he said, “But North Carolina and Virginia Tech’s are a little bit better than South Carolina’s. South Carolina has the potential to be a really great one.”

Now, in the final week of August, Virginia Tech is No. 25 and North Carolina is 31.

His corner

Hollifield’s father, Aubrey, played football at Wake Forest. These days, Aubrey teaches and coaches at Shelby. In the fall, he’s the Lions defensive line coach. Once winter rolls around, he heads up the boys basketball team. During the spring, he helps out with track.

Aubrey plays a significant part in helping Hollifield through the recruiting process. His two uncles, both of whom played football at Appalachian State, are also involved.

Carlos Wray, a former Shelby defensive lineman who played at Duke before spending time with the Chargers in the NFL, has helped out, too.

Wray’s advice mirrors what other current college football players have told Hollifield regarding the recruiting process.

“Take all five of my official visits and, actually, don’t even worry about recruitment right now,” he said. “It’s my senior season, so that’s what he’s telling me to do, don’t even worry about it and play football right now.”

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